Browns' Gordon has 'Moss-like' talents

July, 23, 2012
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The Cleveland Browns obviously liked wide receiver Josh Gordon a lot in using a second-round pick on him in the supplemental draft.

The Browns, however, aren't the only ones.

One NFL executive told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Gordon has "Randy Moss-like" talents. Another said Gordon is a faster Brandon Marshall.

"So the talent definitely is there," Schefter wrote in his mailbag. "He gives the Browns a big, downfield threat. But there also are major questions about his maturity, decision-making and determination. Gordon now will have a chance to answer those questions. If he takes his new job seriously and grows up, he can be a big-time difference maker. It's up to him."

I'm always skeptical when a receiver is compared to Moss. It's the same when a quarterback is called the next Joe Montana. But Gordon is an intriguing talent. He's an inch shorter than the 6-foot-4 Moss, but Gordon has a thicker build.

Like Moss, Gordon has his off-the-field issues. He hasn't played since the 2010 season after being kicked off the Baylor football team after testing positive twice for marijuana.

The Browns, though, had to take this risk if they wanted an immediate improvement in their passing game. Cleveland desperately needed a speedy deep threat in what was one of the worst wide receiver groups in the NFL last season. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Gordon in the starting lineup this season.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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